gardens contain many more types of natural enemies, or beneficial
insects, than pest insects
Beneficial insects and other organisms that kill pest insects are called
natural enemies. In any pest management or plant care program, it is important
to encourage these natural enemies by avoiding pesticides that kill them.
You can also encourage beneficial insects by choosing plants that provide
them with pollen, nectar, and shelter and keeping ants out of pest infested
plants. Learn to identify natural enemies, both in their adult forms and
immature (larval) stages.
Common natural enemies found in California gardens include:
For more information on many other common beneficial